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Lockdown Locks !

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Many of you are undoubtedly avoiding all mirrors in the house and waking up in despair at your hair! You are not alone and in these unprecedented times rest assured there are many more imperative things such as health, family and happiness to worry about. That being said it has a major impact on our mental health if we feel a mess. There are some things we can do to ease the pain.

Firstly, you can treat you hair to time, care and attention you would ordinarily not be able to give. So try leaving your conditioner on a little longer to allow it to really soak through the cuticles of the hair shaft and penetrate properly to help repair damage. Maybe even using that deep conditioner/treatment that you have at the back of the shelf that you were given last xmas (or was it xmas before!)

Spend more time on a head massage when applying conditioner. Hairs food and nourishment is the blood supply, therefore massage draws blood to the surface and feeds the hair follicle. This means regular head massage can promote hair growth at a time where some may have issues due to the stress of our current situation. It ultimately is also relaxing and if you can persuade someone else to massage your scalp even better!!

Some people struggle with fragile and brittle areas of hair, particularly around the hairline. Often this is due to excessive styling of these areas and sometimes due to tying hair back into ponytails and such like. Being at home may mean that you can use hot hair tools less frequently and leave your hair down, both of which will help improve brittle areas.

Now covering those tell tale roots can be more challenging from home and unfortunately many of my clients are already in touch with news of their “home hair accidents”. If you feel up to trying to use styles that obscure your parting, this is the way to go. Using a zig zag parting can work well. To do this you use a pintail comb (or skewer?) start at the front of your hair on the parting line. Zig zag along the parting towards the crown then pull the comb up and divide the hair. This will give a little body across the parting and hide the root area. You could also try backcombing a little at the roots to help hide an obvious root.

Now if you absolutely can’t stand the line and feel desperate enough to reach for the box dye, (for me should be a last resort!) then hopefully you are aware of the depth of colour your stylist uses. The encouraging news is that the colour numbering system is universal for professional and non professional colours and whilst you may struggle to obtain the correct tone you can get fairly good match of depth. So the first number is the depth and lets you know how light or dark you are. I would advise you get someone to carefully apply to your root area only with a basting brush to avoid sticking it all over your hair.

Hopefully that’s of help. Next time I may be forced to explain the safest way to let your husband/son/daughter cut your fringe. Here’s hoping we will all be back under the care of professionals before that is necessary!

Stay Safe and embrace the roots, I am certain that this lockdown will inspire a future fashion!!!

Greg and Ashley.


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Hair Trends Summer 2019

Long Hair is back this summer and ladies are swaying towards the natural tousled look once more. Placing the straighteners to one side ladies are now digging out their diffusers and ripping off their nozzles (on the end of the hairdryer!) in search of a natural textured and bouncy look. The curled look does emit a youthful glow to many ladies and curls are often an image associated with energy and youth.

Clients truly are demanding the wash and go image once more and hair is either naturally dried or rough dried and loosely tonged. Length wise we are now going just around the shoulder area for the flexibility of the summer updos.

Where we are short we are edgy short with many women opting for a little razor work here and there! Under shaves and one sided shaves are much more prevalent this summer and its a great way to keep length, stay cool and look trendy!

Colour wise….Silver is thankfully finally on the decrease and the look this summer is the sandy, aztec blonde image and clients are wanting the more natural blonde nordic tones that give more beige tones and warmth and this is now overtaking the ashen/silver blondes requested much of last year. I might add this is more achievable longer lasting and in the majority probably kinder to the hair so a positive change of trend as far as I’ Continue reading


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Bridal Hair

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This article is brought by Ashley Taylor of Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith. This month she talks through bridal Hair and the many choices brides face preparing for their big day.

This season has exploded with weddings in the Lake District and people are coming from far and wide to marry in Cumbria’s beautiful churches and exquisite hotels. This year yet again there is a shift in bridal hair design. For years I have had numerous brides recreating the Kate Middleton wedding style which was simple and elegant, however not always compatible with Cumbrian weather! This year the move is more towards “hair up” and this for me is much more suited both the weather and the busy and often stressful situation of a wedding day.

Brides need to consider where photos are being taken, if outside will you want to be panicking about your hair flying around in the breeze? Are you commuting from one venue to another which again can affect the longevity of the hairdo? Is there a veil and are you going to wear it all day or not? Many of my past and future brides venture onto a boat as part of their day. This is lovely …but…you may look like you have been dragged through a bush by tea-time!

Then there is the dress. The neckline will dictate the hairstyle and a brides physical attributes will also affect this. For example a bride with a nice slim neck and shoulder line will want to wear her hair up to accentuate these features. You can soften the look with dropped pieces of hair around the face and neck. Smaller brides may want hair placed higher on their head with detail at the top to lengthen their whole image.

This year there is a move towards hair braids and hair twists. This is a much softer and more bohemian look and works really well for people who prefer less structured looks and a more natural approach to their image. I think this works well with flowers in hair and even ribbon/material woven through the hair. Many with this look will opt for detailed clips/flowers or flatter less bulky headpieces as this image doesn’t always work with large tiaras which are more suited to more classical bridal styles. I would always advise a practice as it really puts a bride at ease to know what she is having and also to check tour initial hair plans are suited to you, your dress and plans for the day. As with dress hunting, people have ideas of hairstyles that don’t work when sampled! Brides often end up having a style that they didn’t think they would as tastes change once you start experimenting with styles and this is why a practice is very important. It is important to get it right for you as you will have to view these pictures for years to come and want to know that you won’t wince at your choice of style after a few anniversaries!


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new year, new you!

Happy New Year to all our clients. I usually begin the year with an overview of what the many fashionistas in the hair world are predicting for hair trends in 2018. However I have decided to concentrate on what the demand of our clients has been so far this year!

Now this may differ greatly from the world of Vogue and Tatler but is probably, for most of us, a far more realistic notion of what we will see on the high streets in northern Britain and not what is on the catwalks of Paris and Milan. I don’t know about anyone else but quite often I look at these images and shows and think “who really wears their hair like that?!”

I do anticipate a move towards shorter ladies styles this year. This is compounded by the many clients already climbing into the stylists chairs at Greg Malloy Hairdressing and proclaiming to want “it all off, very short and out of my way!!!” This is quite unusual during the colder months. Quite expectedly the fades/ ombre looks are still popular and although the pastel colours are still prevalent customers are tending to be a little bolder so baby pink is becoming dusky or dirty pink!! This is a positive move as the more intense pastels are much easier to achieve and often to maintain.

In complete contrast to the ladies, the men are opting for leaving it a little longer. Dishevelled curtains topped with facial hair seem to be popular and almost a greasy look is the order of the day. Of course only for those who have the patience and perseverance to bother growing it!


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Happy Valentines Day!

We all hope our clients are feeling happy on this romantic day. If any of you are being whisked away on romantic trips/meals etc….firstly, lucky you and secondly, please be aware that we do still have some limited availability in salon for Friday and Saturday this week if you need neatening up for the occasion.